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Player Ratings: Arsenal FC vs Leicester City


Result

Sunday’s late Premier League kick-off played out a short time ago. Said clash saw Arsenal taken on Leicester City at the Emirates.

After Manchester United beat Tottenham on Sunday, Arsenal headed into the game knowing they needed a victory to ensure they moved back into the top-four.

And when all was said and done in north London, Arsenal would pick up a comfortable 2-0 win.

Arsenal dominated from the get-go and took the lead after 11 minutes when Thomas Partey headed in from a Gabriel Martinelli corner.


Leicester would then grow into the game but were pegged back after Caglar Soyuncu gave away a penalty, which Alexandre Lacazette scored.

Arsenal player ratings

Aaron Ramsdale (7) – Produced a great save to deny Harvey Barnes after 35 minutes. Made a few more decent saves throughout the match.

Cedric (6.5) – Not his best game but did not do an awful lot wrong.

Ben White (7) – Made a key tackle to prevent an almost certain goal 25 minutes in.

Gabriel (6.5) – Helped keep Iheanacho quiet, continuing to form a great partnership with Ben White.

Kieran Tierney (6) – Did little of note but also didn’t do much wrong.

Thomas Partey (9) – A superb performance from Partey, scored after 11 minutes and went on to cause more issues for Leicester going forward – including helping win a penalty . He was also solid defensively.

Granit Xhaka (6.5) – A decent if unspectacular performance from Xhaka.

Martin Odegaard (8.5) – Another excellent showing from the Norwegian. He dictated play with his clever passing and brilliant ball control. Was a nightmare for Leicester defenders to deal with.

Gabriel Marinelli (6.5) – Provided the assist for Partey’s opener, whipping in a great cross. Taken off after 77 minutes.

Bukayo Saka (6) – A fairly quiet game from the winger who struggled to get past Luke Thomas.

Alexandre Lacazette (7.5) – Not as effective as he was vs Watford but still helped link play well. Scored the penalty for Arsenal’s second.

Subs

Emile Smith Rowe (4) – Not the most impactful sub appearance.

Pepe (N/A) - Only on for the final six minutes.

Eddie Nketiah (N/A) – Only on the pitch for a few minutes.

Leicester City player ratings

Kasper Schmeichel (5) – Not much he could have done about Arsenal’s two goals.

Ricardo Pereira (4.5) – Should have marked Partey better for the opener. Taken off after 61 minutes.

Daniel Amartey (5) – A very passive display from Amartey. Wesley Fofana’s return cannot come quick enough for Leicester.

Caglar Soyuncu (3) – Gave away a penalty by handballing a Partey header.

Luke Thomas (5.5) – Poor marking of Partey for his opener but then cleared another header from the African off the line.

Nampalys Mendy (4) – Struggled to deal with the threat of Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard. Was taken off after an hour.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (4.5) – Lost the battle in midfield on the day.

James Maddison (5) –  Not Maddison’s best display of late, passing was decent but didn’t cause Arsenal too many issues.

Marc Albrighton (5) – Tried to create an opening with a number of crosses but was largely unsuccessful.

Harvey Barnes (5) – Came close to scoring with a header in the first half which was saved well. Did little else of note after that.

Kelechi Iheanacho (3) – Was isolated up top and had little impact on the game. Taken off after 73 minutes.

Subs

James Justin (5) – Slightly better than Pereira on the day.

Wilfred Ndidi (6) – Helped Leicester gain more control in midfield, probably should have started.

Patson Daka (3) – Did little of note whilst on the pitch.

What they said

Arsenal's Thomas Partey:"We have a couple of difficult games coming up. We have to go game by game and that is the mentality of the team.

"I want to always help the team. It feels good to score at home and I feel happy."

Arsenal's Martin Odegaard: "We have a very strong belief in the group and play with a lot of confidence. We just have to keep going. We have a lot of confidence in the team now and everyone believes in what we are doing.

"We are strong as a team and that is the most important thing."

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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